Here’s an update for those of you who have been enjoying the outstanding food from Brother Jake’s Brick Oven Creations each Wednesday afternoon – Brother Jake’s will NOT be here this afternoon. They are tied up with another event but will be back next Wednesday.

Every once in a while my dad would look at me, especially after I did something stupid, and say something like, “What have you been doing with that education you’re supposed to be getting?”. In other words, he expected me to be not only learning, but using my education to improve and to do things better than I did previously.

The Apostle Paul said something very similar in 1 Thessalonians 4:1, “Finally believers, we ask and admonish you in the Lord Jesus, that you follow the instruction that you received from us about how you ought to walk and please God (just as you are actually doing) and that you excel even more and more pursuing a life of purpose and living in a way that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation”. What Paul was saying to those believers, and to us, is very simple, take what we’re learning from the Lord and put it into our everyday life. I take this as a challenge to simply live what I know.

How much pain in life would not happen if we took Paul’s words and followed through? The trouble we get ourselves into because of something we have said or something did wrong, would go away. The guilt of not being honest would disappear. The regrets of stupid mistakes would fade into nothing. When we live, speak and act like Christ our lives will be more enjoyable and fulfilling than we can even imagine.

Today I challenge you to live what you know. Live out the Biblical truth you already know and then go learn more Biblical truth.

Be sure and pray for Jason Amos who’s struggling with leukemia treatments at UVA. He’s had issues dealing with the chemo and his faith is being pushed to the limits. Pray that his body will not react negatively to the chemo, pray that his heart will remain strong and steadfast.

Speaking of chemo treatments, please remember Debby as we go for her chemo treatment today. This is treatment number five (of six), using four chemo drugs. Pray for minimal side effects and that her heart remains steadfast as well. These next six weeks will be challenging as the chemo builds up in her body and causes more issues to surface.

In a few hours, at 2:00 p.m., the funeral for Landon Martin will take place here at Hyland Heights. Pray for the service, for the speakers, for the families and for all those who attend that they may know the comfort and strength of the Father.

One last admonishment – as summer comes, so does camp for our children and students. Pray for these camps to be life-changing. Also remember to be faithful in your stewardship as we will spend extra dollars supporting these camps and doing ministry throughout the summer.

Thank you for being faithful,

Pastor Carl